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    Some of our providers will use up arrows and down arrows in their diagnosis for lab instead of spelling out the full diagnosis. Like a up arrow in front of magnesium so the coder would put elevated magnesium. By doing this is the coder assuming the up and down arrows mean elevated/decrease which would be interpreting the data which coders are not allowed to do?

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    I see no issue with up/down arrows as they are a common medical abbreviation. the coder is not interpreting data. It would be the same as seeing HTN and coding Hypertension. Just my opinion.

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